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Young Spencer raises £2,000!

Created on 24/11/2016 @ 09:31
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He told us last month that he was going to raise lots of money, but young Spencer Watkins exceeded even his own ambitious expectations!

The 13-year-old really misses his grandad, Ken Watkins, who passed away several years so wanted to do something in his memory that would have made him proud.

A day of events was planned with the main attraction seeing the Young Firefighter member at Welshpool station ‘Braving the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Care. By the end of his fundraising day he had chalked up a whopping £2,000.

Nicola Watkins said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support Spencer has received, not only from family and friends who attended the day, made cakes, gave raffle prizes and sponsored his shave, but also by local businesses including The Co-op in Pant, The Tuck Box and Tesco in Welshpool, and Westbridge Furniture who gave so generously.”

His day got underway with a coffee morning at his family home in Arddleen hosted by his family including Carl, Nicola and Mackenzie (Dad, Mum and Sister), along with family and friends.

Local hairdresser, Karen Francis, shaved Spencer’s hair in the garden under the autumn sunshine whilst being watched by an amazing turnout of people who dug deep.

Spencer then popped to Shrewsbury to watch his beloved Town play, meeting players in the process and collecting signed balls and tickets to raise more money.

“Shrewsbury Town’s support has been amazing, I’ve now met most of the team, definitely worth having a cold head for!” said Spencer.

A teenager of many talents, the part time DJ, who has performed at a number of fundraising events, then finished off the day behind the decks in the local pub, The Horseshoe Inn.

Publican Laurie Bain said: “We are always happy to support our local community and are very proud to have been a part of Spencer’s achievement in raising so much money for such a good cause.”

Through his Young Firefighter role, he received full support from the lads at the station.

“Spencer is a smashing lad who always thinks of others, we were only too pleased to help him out,” said Crew Manager, Matt Pryce.

“We are thrilled to have raised £2,000 for Macmillan and even better is that most of that qualifies for gift aid, so the end total will be more and we would like to thank everybody who contributed,” said Carl.

PICTURE: Spencer meets one of his heroes hours after his shave: Shrewsbury Town player Andy Mangan, who recently moved back to Tranmere Rovers. 


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